My rating: 2 of 5 stars
“Believing doesn’t mean having all the answers — just the opposite. Believing is having none of the answers and going forward anyway.”
The 13th Sign is a story about a thirteen-year-old girl named Jalen from New Orleans who (along with her best friend Ellie) accidentally unleashes the thirteenth sign of the zodiac. Jalen then has to defeat each zodiac sign to prove that she is worthy of the amazing healing powers that the thirteenth sign possesses. Oh yeah, and because there is now a new sign everyone’s personality (and sometimes appearance?) has shifted to their new sign which throws the world into chaos.
I found the premise of this book to be unique and the writing style was pretty good, but the story read more like an action movie to me. I formed no attachment to the characters because the progression of the story moved along too quickly. It also took me forever to finish because I just was not invested in the story.
I hate to be this person, but the 13th Sign is guilty of one of my severe pet peeves — overuse of a character’s name. Allow me to show you:
“Don’t look like that, Jalen,” Virgo said. “I mean, you’ve never even been kissed, have you?” The fire now blazed across my cheeks. Had she asked that in front of Brennan? “It’s a compliment, Jalen. You still believe in true love. And it exists, Jalen. It does. Adult humans forget sometimes.”
No one talks like this! It interrupts the flow of the story in a rather jarring way. I have never had a conversation where someone was speaking to me and used my name that often. Gah.
I loved the description of New Orleans as the characters frantically ran around the city defeating zodiac signs. I have never been there but I love books about the deep south and it was really refreshing to read a young adult novel based in such a place.
If you like the Percy Jackson series or are a younger reader, you may enjoy this book more than I did.